(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The standoff at the Statehouse could begin to result in fines for Indiana House Democrats.
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said Thursday he is prepared to fine House members who do not show up for session $250 per day starting Monday.
Most House Democrats have been staying out of the state to avoid allowing a quorum in the House. Without at least 67 percent of members present, no bills can be voted on including legislation that would restrict powers of teacher and labor unions that Democrats oppose.
Bosma says he’s been given little choice but to take those measures with Democrats holding up House business since they walked out February 22.
Rep. Kreg Battles (D-Vincennes), one of two Democrats to report to the House Thursday, says the fines will not help the situation.
“Today we have a fine. Is that going to make a difference at the end of the day? Quite honestly the only thing it does is add to the chasm. It widens the divide,” Battles said.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana Democrats levied fines against striking Republicans in 1991, but those fines were excused in the end.